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Cyberbullying: Cruel Intentions

The teenage years have always been tough—but digital technology has raised the dangers of the social battlefield to a whole new level. This ABC News program reports on how cell phones, digital cameras, and personal Web sites encourage and amplify the frequent cruelty of teen behavior. With the help of an experiment conducted by Brigham Young University child development researchers, the program analyzes the behavior of a group of teenage girls as they use online verbal innuendos and emotional attacks to vie for attention and create a social hierarchy. The program also looks at the difficulties parents face in monitoring what kids do on the Internet. (40 minutes)

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Mean Girl Syndrome
Psychologists at Brigham Young University conducted a study to see why some girls start being mean as early as at age three. Teenage girls often demonstrate cruel behavior toward others due to their own insecurity.